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The Greatest Famous Fauvist Paintings

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List of famous Fauvism paintings, listed alphabetically with pictures of the art when available. The Fauvism period was a cultural awakening in the art world, so it's no surprise it produced some of the most historic paintings in the history of the world. The works of art listed below are some of the most popular Fauvism paintings, so most of the artist's names who created these works will be very recognizable. Renowned paintings from the Fauvism period are showcased in museums all around the world, so save yourself an expensive vacation by simply scrolling through this list.

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  • The Green Stripe, also known as Portrait of Madame Matisse. The Green Line, is a portrait by Henri Matisse of his wife, Amélie Noellie Matisse-Parayre. He painted it in 1905, just prior to such works being derisively labeled as the creations of Les Fauves, along with similar works of André Derain and Maurice de Vlaminck. The painting hangs in Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, Denmark....  more
    • Artist: Henri Matisse
    • Subject: Amélie Matisse
    • Genres (Art): Portrait
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Fauvism
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  • The Open Window
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    The Open Window, also known as Open Window, Collioure, is a painting by Henri Matisse. The work, an oil on canvas, was painted in 1905 and exhibited at the Salon d'Automne in Paris the same year. It was bequeathed in 1998 by the estate of Mrs. John Hay Whitney to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.. It is an example of the Fauvist style of painting that Matisse became famous for, and for which he was a leader, roughly between the years 1900–1909. The Open Window depicts the view out the window of his apartment in Collioure, on the Southern coast of France. We see sailboats on the water, as viewed from Matisse's hotel window overlooking the harbor. He returned frequently to the...  more
    • Artist: Henri Matisse
    • Subject: Collioure
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Fauvism
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  • Woman with a Hat
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    Woman with a Hat is a painting by Henri Matisse. An oil on canvas, it depicts Matisse's wife, Amelie. It was painted in 1905 and exhibited at the Salon d'Automne during the fall of the same year, along with works by André Derain, Maurice de Vlaminck and several other artists known as "Fauves". Critic Louis Vauxcelles, in comparing the paintings of Matisse and his associates with a Renaissance-type sculpture that shared the room with them, used with the phrase "Donatello chez les fauves...". His comment was printed on 17 October 1905 in Gil Blas, a daily newspaper, and passed into popular usage. Woman with a Hat was at the center of the controversy that led to the term Fauvism. It was also a...  more
    • Artist: Henri Matisse
    • Subject: Amélie Matisse, Hat
    • Genres (Art): Portrait
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Fauvism
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    • Artist: Henri Matisse
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Fauvism
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